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A Glorious Indy Finish for the 60-Minute Men

Posted by Eric Allen on January 9, 2011 – 1:36 am

The Jets are the NFL’s new 60-Minute Men.

After Adam Vinatieri gave the Colts a 16-14 lead with just 53 seconds on the clock in their AFC Wild Card matchup, most of America probably wrote the Green & White off. There wouldn’t be enough time for Rex Ryan’s club to move downfield quickly, especially on a night when second-year passer Mark Sanchez was far from accurate inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

But Pat McAfee kicked off and Antonio Cromartie, handling kick return duties with Brad Smith slowed by injury, raced 47 yards out to the Jets’ 46. With two timeouts still at their disposal, the visitors had plenty of time to get in Nick Folk field goal range.

“I never lost confidence,” said Rex Ryan of his thoughts after Vinatieri’s strike. “I thought, ‘We have enough time,’ and then we had the big return from Cromartie.”

Sanchez quickly went to Braylon Edwards for 9 yards and the Jets called timeout. Edwards (four catches, 62 yards) bobbled the ball on the way down, but it was ruled on the field and after a booth review that the rangy wideout had made a reception before falling on his own fumble. Then Sanchez went to Santonio Holmes for 11 and the speedy target (4-46) got out of bounds at the Colts’ 34.

“He has a lot of resolve,” said WLB Bart Scott of Sanchez. “I think he plays better in pressure situations when a lot of the thinking is gone and it’s just reacting. He’s moving, he gets in a groove. The tempo gets him in a groove. I think he sees the field a lot better sometimes and he gets in a rhythm.”

After the clocked was stopped, the Jets decided to run LaDainian Tomlinson up the middle for 2 yards. Then the Colts inexplicably called for a timeout and allowed offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to devise a play.

Turns out Schotty handed the keys to Sanchez. It was up to No. 6 to select a call off the two-minute play sheet (which consisted of about a dozen plays) that he liked.

“He had a few different plays ready,” said the 24-year-old QB, “and he knew what I liked and I think he had a pretty good idea of what I was going to call. It was a good learning experience for me and it’s great to know that he has that trust in me.”

After making the play selection, Sanchez threw a great back-shoulder toss to Edwards for an 18-yard gain to the Colts’ 14. Corner Jacob Lacey was in coverage, but he could only helplessly watch Edwards elevate, grab the rock at the top of his jump and then come down with two feet in bounds.

“You have to have those in your toolbox and you go to it in your time of need,” said Sanchez, who became the first Jets QB to win three playoff games. “We needed it. I knew I could have made that throw last year — I don’t know if I could have made that call last year.”

Sanchez, who finished 18-of-31 for 189 yards with one interception, missed on a long pass to Edwards on the Jets’ next-to-last possession that would have cemented the game. But he didn’t miss this time around and it set up Folk for his first playoff game-winner and third career GW from 32 yards out.

“Go make it look like an extra point and that’s what I tried to do,” said Folk. “It went right down the middle.”

“We put him in a good spot and that’s what he does,” added Sanchez. “He’s done a great job for us down the stretch and he kicked one when we needed it. I don’t like to look at him. I just hung out with Coach Cav [QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh] for a second, just looked over his shoulder, not watching the game, watching the crowd to see what they would do. And they weren’t very happy, so I knew it went in.”

Jets Nation celebrated throughout the land. And because the Green & White saw this one through till the end, the 60-Minute Men will take their fight on to New England next Sunday.

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  1. By sal on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Needless nail bitter, they have more talent than Indy. Could of closed it out w/2 min instead give Payton 2 more shots, gonna have to play 4 qtrs next week, they play offense like this 1st half it will be another masacar. They will come out better or go home.gotta run hard from start mark has to calm down,said it before let him call pass pkgs

  2. By Gregg from CA on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you, Men of Green! You made me a VERY happy camper today!

  3. By melbournematt on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know what Rex said to the offense during half-time, but he needs to do it every week. It was like watching a different team. Well done on the win guys, and remember Manning’s advice on the locker room in Foxboro.

  4. By Steve on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Sal, another needless nail biter… On the second to last drive, with the Jets up 14 to 13 and given a gift from the Colts when they were flagged for running into the kicker, they throw the ball down field on 3rd and five. Why? All they needed to do was pick up a first down and they could have run out the clock. Why go long instead of throwing a shorter, high percentage pass? That enabled Manning to march down field after the Jets punted, which led to the go ahead field goal. Game ball to Cromarti for the great return on the ensuing kickoff. Great throw and catch by MC to BE to set up the game winning fg by Polk. As it were, it all turned out ok in the end. Now let’s get some revenge on the Pats!

  5. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Caldwell reminded me of the Bungles’ Lewis with some of his strange decisions tonight, but that’s THEIR problem. Our guys — yeah, that would be Rex and Schotty — didn’t make any mistakes that I saw and called a great game. I can’t remember any plays that didn’t work because of anything but poor execution, usually Sanchez’s, so see, MJV, I get your point. And I wanna hear more of what was going on with our DBs considering how well they held up in a game in which we didn’t get sacks or even blitz much. Between Weatherford, Cromartie, J-Co on 1 punt, Wilson on 1 kickoff, coverage on kickoffs, and of course Folk, this might’ve been our best ST game in yrs. And not that it mattered, but I’d still like to see McKnight active against the Pats.

  6. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Sal and Steve, nobody’s been tougher than me this yr on the Jets’ failure to score TDs early and go up on teams. And yeah, only the other day I said we’re not gonna 10-7 our way to the SB. But that doesn’t mean you can’t win a big game now and again more on D and ST than O. And for those of you who are used to me criticizing Rex, I’m encouraged along the line of melbournematt’s point, that had to be the biggest half-time adjustment — as proven by RESULTS — of the yr for this team. It gives me hope that with a week to prepare and having had more weeks to think about how flat the O came out in the 45-3 loss, we got a better shot of beating NE than I woulda said yesterday. scjoe proved right about how key Sanchez and his arm are, though.

  7. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    And Steve, that was a blatant running into the kicker, Weatherford didn’t even have to do any acting to get the call. By contrast, the one called on Edwards against BAL was total nonsense, so we were owed one in that department, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. As Collinsworth implied without spelling it out, it was also great to see the refs not call all kinds of touch-football junk, not that they don’t seem to chill out in that regard every post-season. I still believe our penalty stats this yr have as much to do with folks around the league nor wanting us to win as they do with any major breakdown on the team ’cause there have been lots of weird calls against us. I don’t think I’ve seen our DBs play as clean as tonight all yr.

  8. By Ricky on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    At least I can breathe now. And Rex can truly hold his head high personal or not. I do admit I wish they were playing a team other than the Patriots.

  9. By J.Z. on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    the play calling in the first half was odd.it looked like Sanchez’s arm is worse than there letting on.but the bottom line HE MADE THE THOWS TO WIN THE GAME (which this kid has done 3 or 4 times this year)which is without a question always THE SIGNATURE OF GREAT QUARTERBACKS!!!!!!!!!!if anyone thinks this 2ND YEAR PASSER IS GOING TO DO IT BY HIMSELF YOU ARE MISAKEN……..If the jets ground and pound let Sanchez manage the game!1!! play good DEFENCE!!!and win the turnover battle!!! we will win out.

  10. By frank on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    How do u like us “GROUND N POUND GUYS” now. That said NE will be different. We have to win TOP w ball control grd n pnd but in this matchup MS will have to play a MUCH better game. SSSSSSSSSlow down Markiepoo. Keep playin jets football n thank u for the win. go jets

  11. By JetsFanDi on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Another cardiac finish…but to their credit they sure didn’t quit. O-line needs to play like they did in the second half for the whole game next week or it’s lights out. Go Jets!!

  12. By Darlene on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    great team, great finish, go JETS

  13. By Chuck on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great win. Still can’t figure out the call to go deep on 3rd & 5. Keller was open in the flats. this could have kept the clock ticking and eliminated my heart attack. But, a win is a win and a great one in the post season. Sanchez had happy feet again ( like in the NE game). He has got to calm down. All of his 1st half passes were high. In NE this will not fly, as thier defense is better than the Colts and it will lead to int’s as it did before.

    GO JETS!

  14. By GaryC on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    peyton is using his gps to locate reggie wayne who went to revis island and hasn’t been found yet.

  15. By carl on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy ,what a win!! No O/T needed !!! You just have to believe!!!To win in N.E. Mark needs to focus to win this big game!!Brodney was huge in the begining of the game!Coach Ryan made the right moves in off season to win this game!How about Crow in for Brad smith what a run at the end of the game, Huge!!!But the running game was amazing!! Lt and Greene were the game!!!!Revis is a true shut down corner.Go JETS!!

  16. By Jets 1969 SB III on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great victory by the Jets. The only thing that gave me fits was throwing the bomb on 3rd and 5. That was inexplicable and inexcusable. As someone else said, the higher percentage, 5 yard pass was called for there. Just pick up the first down and run out the clock. Throwing a bomb like that is what you do when you’re behind and the clock is against you, not when you’re ahead and the clock is your friend.

    At first I was thinking the Colts might call timeout at the end (maybe to save time for themselves to try something after our field goal), but the more I thought about it afterwards, I think it was ill-timed and a mistake. They needed more timeouts for that strategy to work, so all they did was save us our final timeout.

  17. By cgb on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know what happened the first half . I thought they got away from the game plan. It was obvious they could run against indy. to many 3rd and short plays they took to the air. It killed almost all the 1st half drives. then you put ms in a position at the end of the first half were he had to throw the ball on a night when you could see he was not having his best game throwing the ball.you see what happened the2nd half, we play like that the 1st half and this game is not close. almost lost a game when it was clear the jets were the better team.It seems ms has a better feel for the game when it comes to play calling ,then the coaches do.mabe give him a series or two with just him running the show.

  18. By Tom Spicer on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Tom 64, Mark played terrible no doubt about it but Holmes has to make that catch PERIOD! It hit him in both hands & he was not getting hit at that time you have to come down with that it probably would have ended the game.

  19. By Tom Spicer on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Like I said this game was not about Mark we were good enough to beat the Colts weather Mark had a bad game or if Mark had a good game. Also like I said last week the Pat game is going to be all about Mark the D will contain the Pats. Can Mark go to Foxboro & manufacture enough points to give the chance to win. Like SCjoe said if Mark plays like he played this week we will get killed he has to play better for us to have a shot this week. 2 things 1 we already beat them by 14 POINTS this year WHY CANT WE DO IT AGAIN? 2 The Jet D will come ready to play this time they will not score 45 on us they wont even get in the 30′s. Can the O score in the 20′s at the Pats to give us a shot to win?

  20. By Frank on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    My hats off to Rex and Shotty. Rex did a great job disguising his D and MOST importantly stopped the ridiculous constant blitzing and let our D play. That Tommy 64 is why our DB’s looked so good because they were in the secondary covering people instead of blitzing. I found it interesting the handful of times he did bring pressure Manning made him pay especially on those long 3rd downs he handed the ball off on the D weak side. Cro returning kicks was huge. LT was tremendous and the MVP of the game he was determined to win this game his intensity fueled to teeam. Sanchez as I said all season is a disaster and the team bailed him out. He over threw everyone missed at least 3 TD passes and that INT was inexcusable in the red zone.

  21. By Frank on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Eric Smith did a tremendous job on Tamme. Devito was huge on a lot of those 3rd and shorts pushing Saturday around like a rag doll. My hats off to Woody after having surgery not playing for 3 weeks and going up against Mathis he would be in trouble. Brick did an outstanding job against Freeney. I have to say everyone on this team stepped up their game and played very well except Sanchez. There is no hiding the kids mechanics are awful, he has no touch on his passes and has major accuracy issues. We should have blown them out everythig was there to do so.
    If Sanchez plays like this next week we won’t win its as simple as that. Lets hope he morphs into a quality NFL QB this week.

  22. By Frank on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I was not able to comment earlier in the week but what Sanchez did for that kid with cancer was commendable and I admire him for doing that…same for Rex sending him the game ball. Great job guys!

  23. By Westcoast GangGreen on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Nation thats why the game is played for 60 min.. Needless nail bitters- c’mon guys you make it sound easy.. Playing Peyton in his home is never easy..Some players have bad quarters early or late but, its what you do when the game on the line, and THE TEAM CAME TOGETHER AND DID IT.. ’64 Tom we all had these discussions about Sanchez accuracys all season. Trent Dillfer on ESPN broke it down on why his passes are sailing on Mark, his foot work is not right on some of his passes , leads to his arm angel which leads to his poor release point.. Why, doesn’t QB coach Matt C see this and work to correct it, since it’s been going all season, like a bulpen coach works with his pitchers when their off the strike zone…cont

  24. By Westcoast GangGreen on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    cont…. it seems like a simple correction like Dillfer stated. Anyway, im not bad talking Sanchez, just stating what Dillfer said could be corrected. Im a big Sanchez supporter, love the way he competes, and forgets the mistakes that he made earlier in the game, and is becoming tough skin on the road in playoffs game. I stated earlier post “Hope Rex learns his lesson on blitzing these type of QB’s. and, he did, the game plan on D was good… Awesome win for the team 4 & 4 recored last 8 road playoffs game. “ONE GAME AT A TIME” lets make 5 & 4 on the road playoffs….J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

  25. By GaryC on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    see that colt fans, we can beat the colts if Curtis Painter isn’t the quarterback.

  26. By dougmc on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    We should’ve and could’ve Run away with this one, but if If and Buts were candy and nuts, what a wonderful world this would be. Some times you just have to win ugly. With that, we need Sanchez to be more accurate and not cough up the ball. With no pass rush we need to create points with takeaways if we are not going to blitz. Shuffling kick returners is a nice change of pace and we should just use Smith for offense and use McKnight, Wilson and Cromartie back there. This is how we had to win this round but we need a different gameplan for Pats. Please smash Bradys hair and smirk into the ground. Way to hang tough!!! Once again, Can I Get A…

  27. By Tom Spicer on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    LT looked fresh he hasnt ran like that in 2 months & Greene ran really hard. The whole O line came out in the 2nd hlaf & took over the game. Braylon, Keller & Holmes (except for the 1 big drop) all played well. But I want to single out Braylon the guy has made big grabs all year in traffic. The D WOW what can I say to hold Peyton to 16 points at home THE WHOLE D GOT IT DONE!

  28. By ArtSoCal on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Sanchez showed a lot of rust during the first half cause he only took a few snaps the previous week. By the second half he was warming up. On the final drive it only took Sanchez 5 plays, with 53 seconds left, to set up the field goal. One of the reasons for the success of this drive was the fact that Sanchez started in good field position. I keep telling people this is a key element. If he can start in good field position, it usually takes about a half dozen plays before the Jets score. Too often, however, he is forced to start his drives close to or behind the 10 yard marker. ST needs to be consistent in giving him at least the 20 yard line or better. I am not making excuses for Sanchez, I agree with Namath that the kid is a rookie that is doing better than he should (The first Jets QB to win 3 playoff games? What happened to all those other non-rookie Jets QBs?). He is still learning. Hell man, Rex is still learning. He has never beaten Peyton in the playoffs until now!

  29. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t care what is was nailbiter blowout we won thats all that matters.. Sal we beat a great playoff QB in his house us playing horrible in the 1st half then came back and stuffed P-M in the second half that in my eyes is better then any blowout it showed guts character intestinal fortitude all the things this team has been lacking for many many years .. Rex is mostly responsible for the change win lose or draw next week this season has been a success..Ok that said lets go into NE with that same intencendy and kick Bradys butt..Theres no sight I like better then watching T-Brady and Little bill explaining why they lost GO JETS

  30. By GaryC on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, I thought this would interest you, reggie wayne who never complains is now bad mouthing the team for not getting any passes thrown his way.says he shouldn’t of even dressed.I told you about guys who look like perfect teammates until they start losing.

  31. By KenEB on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great resolve, great win.

    Sanchez can’t miss on so many throws or make bad decisions like he did at the end of the first half (leaving a lot of points off the board), and have any chance at beating the Pats. Expect a similar defensive game plan against Brady next week–i.e., don’t give up the big play, allow the underneath stuff and tackle well. Field goals are OK but not TD’s. Another HUGE game from Eric Smith and Brodney Poolis is needed to neutralize Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, while Lowery, Coleman and Wilson need to step up their games against Danny Woodhead and the other complementary offensive skill position players the Pats throw at them on Sunday.

  32. By Otis R. Needleman on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great finish! However, echoing many others here, the Jets are going to have to go all out from minute one if they want to beat New England. Never let up, not even for one play. GO JETS!!!

  33. By scjoe on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I have to disagree with those who say “Sanchez WON his third post season game” Lets be honest, the NY Jets won that game Saturday in spite of what Mark Sanchez did, not because of what he did.He missed on 2 potential TDs to BE alone when he was wide open, he missed on passes to DK all night, throwing to high, even the INT at the goal line was a high inaccurate throw to Keller, the slant to SH that was so far behind him it was ridicules, even the last pass to BE he had to come back for because it was so far under thrown. I was not going to dwell on his performance because I think everybody saw it as I did, but why would anyone say “Sanchez WON his third post season game?”

  34. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Arte, your point on field position has been underrated all year. GaryC, I read that about Wayne and I know players do that, I just hope no Jets start doing it. The ones who do shouldn’t be Jets any longer. Frank, I don’t think it’s possible at this point to tell whether Sanchez is hurt or just lousy lately, and I don’t think they’ll tell us till after the season. Then he gets next season to correct all this jive or he might be gone or at least asked to beat somebody out for the job. Best news outside of this game is that Asomugha, who said last yr he wanted to play for us, is a free agent! Him and DR at CB, move Cro to S, let Leonhard, Pool, Smith, and Lowery fight it out for the other spot, now THAT’S a secondary for a Super Bowl winner!

  35. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe I agree in part about Sanchez but give the kid credit for coming back and making some good plays they still count as completions and he does get credit for the win same as any other QB in the league hes at the helm he gets the win .. Tom64 your a good fan in my eyes what would make you even better if now that Folk won a game for us give him the same love as the hate about assuming and saying over and over if it comes down to it he’ll lose the big one 4 us how bout it my friend

  36. By JDA on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, I am hailing from Afghanistan, (been here since August) I too feel that Braylon is a valuable asset to this offence, do you have any insight on what is going on with his DWI? I haven’t found anything online, is he still supposed to be in court on the 11th? I just want to say that we definately need to bring it all to NE, I am not afraid, we usually bring a good showing (except last time). I think the 3 incompletions to DK were rediculous, it should have been 3 runs and a FG at least. Each play I was yelling NO… Good Job guys on the W!

  37. By Randy Lange on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    JDA, sorry but I’ve heard nothing about Braylon Edwards’ DUI situation.

  38. By Paul on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Offensive line wins football game in second half! Forget the coaching staff, lets try to forget another horrendous game by our QB! The offensive line came out in the second half and dominated! Greene and LT took advantage of the holes and the rest left them with fresh legs to bang away at Indy’s defense. Sanchez is obviously not 100%, his shoulder is going to require offseason surgery. I think the jets organization needs to take a close look at the ups and downs of Sanchez regardless of what happens in Foxboro. His health issues are mounting and he may be worth more to the Jets in the form of draft picks for next season than he is as a starting QB. Nice win, let’s hope they can pull it off again in Foxboro…GO OFFENSIVE LINE!!!!

  39. By peteD on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    If we had lost yesterday I wouldn’t have cared. Watching those two second-half drives was worth the season – determined, dominant, gutsy, brilliant! As I’ve never played the game, I don’t feel qualified to offer any opinions or advise to the team, but do have a question. Is the wildcat play-call helping or hurting? As I understand it, its basically an option (run/pass) call, but I’ve only see us pass once this season so the play is telegraphed – everyone knows exactly what’s coming. Add to that, it takes Sanchez out of the game and upsets his rhythm. I don’t get it.

    GO JETS!!!

  40. By 37 year fan on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    My heart was beating so hard … It almost beat out of my chest …. I had my wife feel it . I almost had a heart attack …One of the greatest games in our history …Now We can get SWEET , SWEET REVENGE . I know The Jets are hungry to get brady and the pats ..

  41. By 37 year fan on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I told you guys we were going to win ….I ‘ll tell you something else , This is Our year ….it doesn’t matter we have to go threw new england , then pittsburgh …THIS IS OUR YEAR ….

  42. By 37 year fan on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    We gotta get dustin Keller some shorter routes ..Think goal line plays ..We can’t be sending him so deep ..He can run after the catch .

  43. By 37 year fan on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    For Sanchez ….To settle the nerves , or excitement it’s good to have the QB run a bootleg early . It gets the blood pumping , it settles the energy levels …then it’s a cooler delivery of passes or whatever . It Appeared we just had a little too much mustard on the throws early …That’s because it’s the playoffs .

  44. By 37 year fan on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    We gotta jam those little recievers on the pats right on the line …knock em down , don’t let them chip us to death with small little passes. Early they’ll try some deep balls to try and make us think they’re going deep , the tricks won’t work ….

  45. By Neal Goldberg on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Can we say it? It’s personal!! We’ve enjoyed the win now it’s back to work. I hope these Jets understand if Indy was personal this next game is backyard-brawl, bully from your neighborhood who kissed your sister personal. We gotta knock these guys out. They earned this opportunity to regain their diginity, now they must do it…
    All you can ask of a team is that it plays hard, eliminates mental mistakes and trusts each other. The Jets did NOT do anything different from the half on besides call a few more run plays. They simply wore the Colts down through perserverance and tenacity. Sanchez WON the game in the second half, it’s his responsibility to audible out of run plays or into them if he deosn’t like what he see’s .

  46. By Neal Goldberg on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    He was also 9/11 passin gin the second half one miss being Santonio’s drop on third and five and the other being the miss deep to Edwards on third and five. I love the shot they took downfield to Edwards because had it been caught the game was OVER. By my count they probably left 21 points on the board thought between that one, the Keller pick (had he seen him earlier he was in the soft spot of the zone), and the post to Santonio where he burned his guy off the line and MS over threw him. Guess what happens when your amped? You over throw your recievers. Is his arm okay? YES, were you watching the game? He was throwing darts Ex. first reception to JC, first reception to BE. MS isn’t accurate all the time no one is but he’s got zip…

  47. By charliejet on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great win – Great win.

    Again a 2 week “layoff” and Sanchez was cold again – seems the 2 week layoffs hurt Sanchez. NOT complaining here WE WON Bottom line! Lets savor the moment today and start to think about NE tomorrow.

    YOU DID IT JETS!!!!!

  48. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I knew we’d won the game when the Colts got called for running into the kicker. In years past it was the Jets who made that bonehead mistake. The play before that punt was also 3rd & 5 & MS threw a pass; why? We were trying to run out the clock & our RBs couldn’t be stopped, why throw? We get another chance, get to 3rd & 5 again and throw AGAIN? You would think that they would have learned their lesson, especially as poorly as MS was throwing. The crucial thing to remember is that the clock keeps running when a running play is over; half of MS’ passes are incomplete & stop the clock.
    The 1st 2 possessions of the 2nd half averaged 7.5 minutes & netted 14 points, that’s what I’m talking about. Pound the Patsies into the ground! P&G Baby!

  49. By JT on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with many of the fore-mentioned comments, especially the 3rd & 5 call for the bomb to BE at the end. Here’s my 2 cents: I have yet to see a game this season where Gang Green used all of their powerful offensive weapons in any one game. I believe they must turn it all lose against the Pats and utilize all these weapons collectively and win this game with conviction. For instance, when was the last time Brad Smith faked the predictable run in the wildcat and throw it down field? They did a better job of this against Indy, but they need a more diverse mix of plays to unexpected personnel. Disguise the offensive looks better too. One more thing: Allow Mark a little more string to call audibles. Time to grow up, Kid!

  50. By viveca on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    This game should never have been this close. Sanchez played a bad game and constantly overthrew open recievers. The rest of the team played great.
    Hopefully Sanchez will stop his erratic play against the Patriots. If he plays well the sky is the limit!

  51. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    MJV, you definitely have me confused with someone else. I never make predictions on scores or what players will do, so you gotta be thinking of somebody else who said if it comes down to Folk making FGs we lose. You might be misreading me when I said we won’t win if it comes down to sending Folk out just to get on the board. That’s just part of my belief that the longstanding Weeb curse of “Go for the FG” has to be completely exorcised before the Jets will win another SB. Paul, your post is simply the most courageous I’ve seen in months. If Sanchez proves to be injury prone, like Chad, and he starts losing his ability to throw, like Chad, I don’t want to wait yrs to get rid of him. That said, I’m trying hard not to think of anything but NE.

  52. By Ridge34 on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Braylon is the man!!!!!!!!!!!! Eazy is our best WR

  53. By Danny Mastrodonato on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    If MS does plays like he did saturday, the pats will embarrass the Jets once again. If he plays like he did against the steelers or the Bears we will handily win this game. Lets all pray for Sanchez during this game. Hopefully his shoulder will be completely better.

  54. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    At the risk of incurring the wrath of the “One Game At A Time” dude, 64 Tom & others, I’m ready to say that I want the Ravens after we dispose of the Pats. We need to pay them back for the opening day beating.
    The Pats are beatable if we keep Brady on his bench. If Schotty has been saving the BS pass packg for a special occasion, this is it. I would rather see BS throw short, high percentage passes, he puts too much air under his long passes. I’d love to see him stop & pop like a power forward getting off a jump shot. DK dragging across the middle is bound to be open behind the LB that’s rushing up to stop the guy with the ball.
    I’d like to see MS use the jump pass on short drop backs, it would help cut down all the passes that get tipped.

  55. By Luis from Olathe KS on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I know Rex is a very, very, very happy coach!!!!!! Sanchez lost a golden opportunity to become the game hero, at least I am glad he did not gave up and came thru in the last drive, nice return kick Braylon, defense gets lots of kudos!!!

  56. By Eddie on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I am hoping that Ryan has finally realized blitzing on every third down is to predictable. We need to just go into New England and play tough and smart for 4 quarters. No easy drops or turnovers. And enough of the delay of games and sad penalties.

  57. By Purpleflash on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    All you guys bashing Sanchez. Yes he did not play a great game (and I don’t think it had anything to do with his shoulder injury), but you must have noticed that he made the plays when it counted in those last 57 seconds. Clutch time to win the game. And this is not the first time he has done it. Nor the second. This is an intangible that true champion have. He will get better with his accuracy, as its just something that has to be worked on in hi mechanics. Accuracy comes from ability plus consistency in mechanics. And the throw to Braylon Edwards to set up the winning field goal WAS probably thrown where Sanchez wanted it…to the back shoulder. The coverage was right there in front of BE.

  58. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Rex not blitzing good move for 2 reasons 1st we have no pass rush #2 Manning and company prepared for Rex sending everyone but the kitchen sink as a result Colts game plan out the window..I agree let our DB’s play coverage with less blitzing INT will increase with the Big boys filling running lanes play lots nickel to help cover TE and Rb screens slants slot best way to defend T-Brady take his bread and butter away we win..what all these so call experts are neglecting to realize man for man Jets have more athletes and talent then the Pats.. Sanchez must Improve be more consistent its not Matt C its M-S mechanics he’s not adhering to his coaching I know this because some days he’s pinpoint others he couldn’t hit the side of a barn

  59. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ed in Tucson, the closer it gets to the end of a season, and the more yrs you watch the game, the simpler the questions get and the easier it is to see the answers. Feel free to speculate on the Ravens if you want. I just want to see the O score points early and often, see Sanchez either execute or, if he’s hurt, sit it out, and see the team use the weapons it has on O. Without doing that, you can’t beat anybody, no matter how good your D is at times. Like scjoe, Ira, and others have said in various ways, scoring more than 20 points and holding an opponent to less than 20 points shouldn’t be something we have to pray for. It’s what a championship team does in January. Once again, on Sunday we’ll see how close we are to that kind of team.

  60. By Joe on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I am really exited they won. but once again, the defence was the key to the game. when will the offence break out? hopefully next week against new england! sanchez missed so many open receivers, they couldnt catch the ball but we ran the ball good. what im trying to say is that we MUST score more than 17 points against the pats, their offence is better than the colts and so is their defence. our offence has to prove that the jets are championship material and not just another lucky playoff team. and brian shottenheimer also has to prove that he can keep his job. PAYBACK TIME!!!!!!!!!

  61. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Mr. T forgets about the Pats long enough to invite Asomugha to watch the next game with him so he con reinforce Asomugha’s desire to play for the Jets.
    With Aso & DR at the corners & either Lowery or E smith playing shortstop & Cro in centerfield, we could be the best pass D in the league.
    Did anybody else notice how increasingly frustrated Manning was looking as THE DRIVE extended to almost 10 minutes? Put enough drives like that together on Sunday & Pretty Boy Brady will be pulling his hair out.

  62. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ed in Tucson, you and I have locked horns unpleasantly a few times, so I really wanna praise your view of Aso and the DB situation. The secondary you describe is potentially awesome and there’d be plenty of heat on Lowery and Smith to show they deserve to start at S — and plenty of heat on Leonhard to show he’s big enough to. Guys like Coleman and Cole could keep working as situational guys till they earn more than that, guys like Wilson, Cook, and maybe even Trufant (still don’t think 170 lbs works) would have a good amount of time to prove they can start. In fact, getting Aso and realigning this way would take the pressure off us to pick an S in the ’11 draft earlier than #4 or #5. I can’t guarantee anything but it all looks good to me.

  63. By Ed in Tucson on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    64 Tom, I’m sorry to read that you think there was unpleasantness in our previous communications. I see everyone here as family. What I said earlier about incurring your wrath was tongue in cheek. Truth be told, I was trying to excuse my lack of focus on the next game because I had just seen ESPN’s report about how the Ravens dismantled the Chiefs. I thought that since we already beat the Steelers, I want the Ravens; it’s personal :)
    It wasn’t supposed to be personal with you or the guy who preaches “One game at a time.” He’s right, of course, as far as the players go. We fans can afford to let our minds stray a bit.
    I’d like to see us draft some monster D linemen in the spring.

  64. By rlou24 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Fan Since ’64 Tom I could not agree with you more about McKnight active against the Pats. Not only should he be active but be a big part of the game plan for 2 reason. 1st reason fresh leggs, 2nd reason NE will not have a gameplan for him. Let’s beat NE at there own game, the element of surprise.

  65. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    No problem, Ed, I get it and actually I wasn’t referring to your post about one game at a time, I was thinking back to some of the heated exchanges on the site in the Sanchez vs. KC days which reminds me, where ARE Row and Ranger 46? There’s certainly enough questions to ask about MS these days. I’m for big D line guys in the draft, too, and like I said just now on the other story adding Aso, moving Cro to S, letting Wilson start at nickel and more would reduce the pressure to draft an S too high. rlou, that’s a good point about NE’s game plan if McKnight is in. I also don’t see why you’d make McKnight inactive when an injury to either LT or SG against NE would put us right back in the position we were in vs. IND last yr when SG got hurt.

  66. By enfoco on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Absolutely right-on riou24. We’ve got three good RBs. We should use all three. McKnight is an unknown to the Pats. Run at them with LT and Greene and every now and then throw them off balance with Joe. Can’t know if it works until we try it.

  67. By Westcoast GangGreen on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Nation the game can’t come fast enough.. The Aso talk sounds awesome if Mr T can work on some magic. ’64 Tom i think you posted that fantasy secondary on a ealier post.. But, there one other Raider i would like, and he’s also an ex Pat.. Jason Seymour defensive line who also is a free agent. He always killed us when he was a Pat, he had a great year for the black/silver, he’s strong , nasty and never had a serious injury and would improve our D-line presure. The history of these two tems picking up each other ex-players, im sure Jason would love to play the Pats twice a year and take a good shot at Pretty boy Brady at expense of coach Bill B. the way he ran him out of New England?? ” 1 gm at a time ” GO J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS…

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  69. By Eddie on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with the element of surpise. Tired of hearing how great Woodhed is. McKnight can do all those things if he gets the chance. Not sure what Brad Smith’s status is but we need to let him throw the ball a couple of times. He did one time last year against the Colts in the AFC championship game and it works. Smith is money whenever he touches the ball. I love Ryan I just wish the Jets would get it done on the field instead of all the talk. But he is very entertaining. We have some serious offensive weapons I wish we could just get things working.

  70. By Trent on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Hello all Jet fans. Quiet the win w had saturday. Lokking foreward to sunday. Now i know we are all worried about Sanchez’s throwing abilities, but i need to remind you this is his 2nd year as our quarterback. Sanchez’s best game has yet to come, but we keep seeing gems of what he will be, mostly in the last two minutes:). He will do fine he is after all a true Jet player. Reminds me a lot of Namath personaly and we all know how that ended. J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!

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